Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was a game-time decision for Game 2 of the team’s second-round seriets against the Toronto Raptors on Monday night, due to a case of gastroenteritis. Embiid battled through the stomach illness to play 32 minutes in the Sixers’ 94-89 win, but wasn’t quite himself, with 12 points (shot just 2-of-7 from the field), six rebounds, five assists, one block, and six turnovers.
In the postgame press conference, Embiid was asked about the stomach illness, and gave a very honest answer that even made teammate Jimmy Butler laugh (by the way- Butler was the star in the win with 30 points).
“If you’ve had the shits before, you’d know how it feels.”
Sixers' Joel Embiid on his gastroenteritis before Game 2 win over Raptors: "If you've had the sh-ts before, you'd know how it feels." pic.twitter.com/7JaBZDCqBO
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) April 30, 2019
Assuming Embiid doesn’t have to deal with the shits in the rest of this series, the superstar center — who averaged 27.5 points and 13.6 rebounds this season — will be a much bigger problem for the Raptors. The series — tied 1-1 — now heads to Philadelphia, with Game 3 on Thursday night.